Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Family Theme

 Share pictures from your family with your child. Your immediate family- mom, dad, kid(s), grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew etc. Share how you are all connected whether that be through birth or love in your heart by adoption. Talk  about things your family like to do together. Even plan a family outing together a trip to the park, family fun day, a picnic, or even a family camping trip.

READ: Books

One Family By George Shannon
The Sister Book By Todd Parr
The Brother Book By Todd Parr
The Mommy Book By Todd Parr
The Daddy Book By Todd Parr
The Family Book By Todd Parr
The Grandma Book By Todd Parr
The Grandpa Book By Todd Parr
What Moms Can't Do By Douglas Wood

What Grandmas Can't Do By Douglas Wood
What Dads Can't Do By Douglas Wood
What Grandpas Can't Do By Douglas Wood
Families By Star Bright Books 
What Mommies Do Best By
Laura Numeroff
What Daddies Do Best By Laura Numeroff
What Aunts Do Best By Laura Numeroff
What Uncles Do Best By Laura Numeroff 
What Grandmas Do Best By Laura Numeroff
What Grandpas Do Best By Laura Numeroff
Whose in My Family By Robie H. Harris
Sister Day By Lisa Mantchev
One Special Day By Lola Schafer
Families By Shelley Rotner 
 Me and My Mom By Alison Ritchie
Me and My Dad By Alison Ritchie
Just Me and My Mom (little Critter) By Mercer Mayer
Just Me and My Dad ( Little Critter) By Mercer Mayer 
Families, Families, Families By Suzanne and Max Lang
The Relatives Came By Cynthia Rylant
Clifford's Family By Norman Bridwell
The Two Mutch Sisters By Carol Brendler
I Really Want To See You, Grandma By Taro Gomi 


Fingerplay: “My Family”
This is mama, kind and dear. (point to thumb)
This is papa, standing near. (point to pointer finger)
This is brother, see how tall! (point to middle finger)
This is sister, not so tall. (point to ring finger)
This is baby, sweet and small. (point to pinky finger)
This is the family, one and all! (wiggle all fingers)
Credit: Kididdles & Storytime Katie

Fingerplay: “Where Is Family?”
Thumbkin; with family members
Credit: Storytime Katie 

 Song: If You Have a Brother... This is a song that I made up which follows the concept of If You're Wearing Red Today. Credit Abby The Librarian

(Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)
If you have a brother
A brother, a brother
If you have a brother
Please stand up!

And I repeat with different family members. Today we also did: sister, mommy, daddy, cousin... and then I asked the kids what other family members we could include. The first suggestion was "dog"! We also did cat (just me!), grandpa, and grandma.

My Family
I love mommy. . .she loves me
We love daddy. . .yes sir e
He loves us and so you see
We are a happy family

I love grandma. . . she loves me
We love grandpa. . .yes sir e
He loves us and so you see
We are a happy family

I love sister, she loves me
We love brother. . Yes sir e
He loves us and so you see
We are a happy family

Credit Everything 

Song-“I Love Mommy” (or Daddy, Brother, Sister, Etc.)
(tune: Frere Jacques)
I love Mommy, I love Mommy.
Yes I do; yes I do.
And my mommy loves me,
Yes, my mommy loves me,
Loves me too; loves me too.


Some families are large. (spread arms out wide)
Some families are small (bring arms close together)
But I love my family (cross arms over chest) best of all!



Family Coloring Sheet 

Collage Family Portraits  

Popsicle Stick Homes with Drawn family picture

Totschool family theme with activity ideas

Family Stick Puppets using shapes

Monday, August 13, 2018

Stephanie's Top Picture Books 2018 Part 2

Stephanie's Top Picture Books 2018 
Part 2

Well I am breezing my way through a stack of picture books and leveled readers to bring many NEW favorites for 2018 this is my second post about 2018 titles! Check them out from your local library today!


Lots More Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing By Judi Barrett
Froggy's Lemonade Stand By Jonathan London
Biscuit and the Big Parade By Alyssa Satin Capucilli

How To Start Kindergarten By Cathy Hapka
Peeps At School ByAndrea Posner Sanchez
Fox and Chick: The Party and Other Stories By Sergio Ruzzier
Little Robot Alone By Patricia Maclachlan  
Two Mutch Sisters By Carol Brendler
Sometimes You Fly By Katherine Applegate 
Bubbles By Kit Chase 
A Lullaby Of Summer Things By Natalie Ziarnik 

Princess Truly In My Magical Sparkling Curls By Kelly Greenwalt
Eloise At The Ball Game By Kay Thompson 
How Do Dinosaurs Learn To Read By Jane Yolen (great for toddlers or preschoolers and dinosaur lovers)

Jump By David McPhail (perfect for toddlers and early preschoolers)

Want to see more new books from 2018? Take a Peek at Top Picture Book Picks 2018 Part 1 

Alphabet Theme

Talk: ABC's is such a fun topic to share with your kids! Letters sound on us on a daily basis on signs, cereal boxes, fliers on our fridges, restaurants and stores!  Show the ABC's letters to your children. Talk about different letters. Find letters that form simple words i.e. cat, sat, fat, box, fox etc. or even spell out their names! Point out letters on signs or even restaurants. Practicing forming letters using a finger on a tray with simple household items like salt,sand, flour, sugar, rice.


A Busy Creature's Day Eating! By Mo Willems

Alphabet Under Construction By Denise Fleming
Sleepy Little Alphabet By Judy Sierra

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom By Bill Martin
Apple Pie ABC By Alison Murray
LMNO Peas By Keith Baker
Alligator Alphabet By Stella Blackstone
AlphaOops: The Day Z Went First By Alethea Kontis 
Eating The Alphabet

By Lois Ehlert
 Z is for Moose By Kelly Bingham
Alphabeep: A Zipping, Zooming ABC By Debora Pearson
The Bouncing, Dancing, Galloping ABC By Charlotte Doyle 
Alphabet Boats By Samantha Vamos
 Alphabet Trucks By Samantha Vamos
Alphabet Trains By Samantha Vamos
The Three Bears ABC By Grace Maccarone
Square Cat ABC By Elizabeth Schoonmaker
The Alphabet Book By P.D. Eastman
ABC A Child's First Alphabet Book By Alison Jay 


Action Rhyme: “Alphabet Beat”
First clap your hands. Then stomp your feet.
Everybody do the alphabet beat.
Apple, Apple, Apple – a – a – a,
Apple, Apple, Apple – a – a – a,
Wave your arms high. Swing your arms low.
The alphabet beat is the way to go.
Blue, Blue, Blue – b – b – b
Blue, Blue, Blue – b – b – b
Move to the left. Move to the right.
The alphabet beat is way out of sight.
Car, Car, Car – c – c – c
Car, Car, Car – c – c – c
Now give a high five to a nearby friend.
The alphabet beat has come to the end!
Credit: Preschool Storytime Outlines & Storytime Katie 

Sing the Classic ABC's Song  


Large Block Letters Printable Set FREE (Measured Mom Site)

Magic Alphabet Letters Craft

Alphabet Activities with Magnetic Letters

ABC Exercise Cards from Homeschool Printable PDF FREE 

 Alphabet Activities and Printables From ABCstoActs (Toddlers and Preschoolers)